In a new Detroit Free Press interview, Kim Thayil revealed that Soundgarden’s next release will be a reissue of Louder Than Love.
Reiterating what he’s said in recent weeks, Thayil says Soundgarden is finished as a performing and recording band, although he’ll continue to tend to the band’s catalog and merchandise interests. Already he’s digging through unreleased material, including live recordings and studio work going back to the Seattle band’s Sub Pop days, in anticipation of special releases.
Also in the works is a deluxe reissue of 1989’s “Louder than Love,” which will demo material and live cuts with then-bassist Jason Everman.
With Soundgarden, “we were always somewhere between Rush and ‘Kick Out the Jams,’ ” Thayil says. “There was a progressive tightness required because of our time signatures and odd tunings, but there was a loudness and wildness that was brought by Ben (Shepherd) and I, and before that Hiro (Yamamoto) and I.”
Soundgarden were working on a new album at the time of Chris Cornell’s death, with ‘six strong songs’ having been written. It’s unclear when that material may see the light of day.